Residents are invited to have a say on Noosa Council’s Draft 2021/22 Budget.
Noosa Mayor Clare Stewart said the $153 million draft budget responded to priorities residents put forward during online and face-to-face budget consultations earlier this year.
“We’ve considered all of that input in developing the draft budget, which is now online for residents to review and comment on,” the Mayor said.
“Key features include greater investment in our Community Grants program and a 100% increase in fire preparedness measures, such as hazard burns and fire trail creation and maintenance.”
A modest levy will help fund the added bushfire protections and support volunteer rural fire brigade emergency response operations within the shire.
“Residents told us they wanted a significant infrastructure investment. An ambitious $47 million capital program will progress work on important big ticket projects such as the Tewantin Bypass and Hinterland Adventure Playground, plus fund many more.”
Council reviewed its differential rating categories as part of the COVID recovery, and several proposed changes will ensure all property owners contribute equitably, Cr Stewart said.
“This includes a proposed new rating category for short-stay properties to ensure they are paying their fair share.
“We’ve budgeted close to a million dollars for our popular Community Grants program which adds greatly to our shire’s social capital. Our Environment Grants too are in for a boost.”
The Mayor said 75% of ratepayers could expect a general rate increase of 1.4%, which is below CPI.
“Overall, the owner of an average residential property on the minimum general rate will pay about $44 or 2.9% more, including levies and charges.”
The draft budget is set to see Council achieve a post-COVID surplus earlier than forecast.
“Thank-you to everyone who took the time to help us shape the budget by providing input. Please review the draft budget and let us know your thoughts.”
Have a say via Council’s Your Say Noosa website by June 7. Council will meet to adopt the 2021/22 budget on June 30